Prince William and Kate were reminded of their family dog as they traveled back to the university where they fell in love 20 years ago

By JD Knapp
May 27, 2021 02:59 PM
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It's been six months since Kate Middleton and Prince William lost their loyal companion Lupo, but his memory is still alive thanks to a chance spotting in the county of Fife.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge returned to the University of St. Andrews on Wednesday as part of their mini-tour of Scotland. During their trip, the royal couple noticed a black cocker spaniel named Lily, who looked just like their late pet.

Kate, 39, made a point to compliment the pup's raincoat as she and William, 38, made their way through the Scottish college town under umbrellas of their own.

"We noticed the cafe or bar called Lupo's, and we had a dog, who's no longer with us, called Lupo," Kate told the crowd of onlookers.

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Kate received Lupo as a wedding present from her younger brother, James Middleton, following her 2011 marriage to Prince William. The beloved family dog died in November 2020.

"[Lupo] has been at the heart of our family for the past nine years and we will miss him so much," the royal couple wrote following his passing.

Luckily for Prince George, 7, Princess Charlotte, 6, and Prince Louis, 3, their new pup has a family connection to Lupo. Their Uncle James' dog Luna is Lupo's sister, and she also happens to be the mother of the Cambridges' new puppy.

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James explained the dogs' family tree as he mourned the loss of Lupo in a statement of his own.

"It is with great sadness that Lupo, the beloved dog of my sister Catherine and her family has passed away. Lupo was the son of Ella, brother to Zulu, Inka & Luna," wrote James. "Nothing can ever prepare you for the loss of a dog. For those who have never had a dog, it might be hard to understand the loss. However for those who have loved a dog know the truth: a dog is not just a pet; it is a member of the family, a best friend, a loyal companion, a teacher and a therapist."

While William has been in Scotland since Friday undertaking the role of Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, Kate joined him on Monday for the official start of their tour. They have since visited North Lanarkshire to support Turning Point, a leading social care charity, and the Sikh community in Edinburgh. The couple also trekked to the British Isles to oversee a hospital opening on the island of Orkney on Tuesday.

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The pair's trip down memory lane Wednesday also included a land yacht race where William narrowly beat out Kate, despite her noted experience as a sailor.

The royal couple's Scottish mini-tour concluded on Thursday following a day of outdoor activities in Edinburgh.